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ii This work is dedicated to my parents, my wife, and my son. iii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I would first like to thank my advisor, Professor Henri Casanova, for his supervision, his professionalism, and his patience. His comments and feedback throughout the process of developing my research project and writing this dissertation were both instrumental and essential. I would like to acknowledge the contributions of my my research collaborators: Thanks go to Dr. Frédéric Vivien for his insights into thedoi:10.1109/ipdpsw.2010.5470799 dblp:conf/ipps/Stillwell10 fatcat:kfyodiizkbafzbemmyyjnduwwe